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Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding Lancashire council received from his Department (a) in total, (b) per mile of road and (c) per head of population in each year since 199798. 
Dr. Ladyman: Table 1, which follows shows the total funding allocated to Lancashire council in the local transport capital settlements in each year between 199798 and 200506 (inclusive) in terms of (a) totals (b) per mile of road and (c) per head of population.
|Total funding (£000)||11,006||7,155||9,681||11,532||27,830||30,730||25,388||29,209||25,865|
|Road Mileage (2004)||4,929||4,288||4,288||4,288||4,288||4,288||4,288||4,288||4,288|
|Funds (£000) per mile||2.23||1.66||2.25||2.68||6.49||7.16||5.92||6.81||6.03|
|Population (Thousand) (2004)||1,434.9||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0||1,152.0|
|Fund (£ per head)||7.67||6.21||8.40||10.0||24.15||26.67||22.03||25.35||22.45|
The M60 J5 to J8 widening scheme is under construction and completion is expected in May 2006. On 19 December 2005 I placed a table in the Library setting out the costs for schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements. This included the M60 J5 to J8 widening scheme at a cost of £116 million. The tender cost at the start of construction work was £134.4 million. The current projected outturn cost including all historical costs for preparation, construction, ancillary works, land and non-recoverable VAT is £139.5 million.
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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are for changing the regime in respect of motor vehicle driving licences; what the reasons are for the changes; and if he will make a statement. 
The Road Safety Bill as originally published contained provision for the removal of the paper counterpart. This is the paper section of the two-part licence and currently has to be produced with the plastic card licence. The Bill also contained a provision for the compulsory surrender of old-form licences. On the 29 November, however, the House of Lords voted to remove this provision from the Bill. No further decisions have as yet been taken about this matter.
The European Commission (EC) made proposals in December 2003 for a third directive on driving licences. This would place obligations upon the United Kingdom as upon all other member states. The EC believed that its proposals would help to combat fraud, improve road safety and facilitate free movement between member states. The proposed directive remains under negotiation in the Council of Ministers, and under consideration by the European Parliament.
DVLA is also in the process of replacing its driving licence card production facility. This is to address the increasing threat posed by counterfeiters to driving licence security. The new cards will contain a number of state of the art high security features. Completion is planned by the end of next year.
Dr. Ladyman: At present it is too early to assess the effectiveness of the trial restricting heavy vehicles to the inside lane of a three mile length of the M42. The restriction was introduced on 10 October last year for an experimental period of 18 months.
The restriction is currently suspended due to the need for essential maintenance work. It is proposed that the trial will resume in April when the Highways Agency will continue monitoring to assess what benefits have resulted. The Agency welcomes comments from all road users as part of this process.
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has assessed the merits of the M27/M3 junction as a suitable site to trial the restriction of slow moving vehicles to the inside lane. 
Dr. Ladyman: No assessment has been made of the suitability of the M27/M3 junction for a trial to restrict slow moving vehicles to the inside lane. Decisions on whether or not to introduce such restrictions at other locations on the motorway network would be taken on a case by case basis and take into consideration the trial on the M42.
Dr. Ladyman: The Highways Agency use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras on the motorway network for the purpose of managing traffic on behalf of the Secretary of State who has general and specific legislative duties to do so under the Highways Act 1980. The Secretary of State also has powers to regulate traffic under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in the number of off-peak rail users as a result of a removal of the cap on saver rail fares. 
Derek Twigg: No decision on the future regulation of Saver Return fares has yet been taken. However, in the absence of regulation, it is likely that train operators would retain Saver fares or create alternatives using modern revenue-management techniques to retain existing passengers and gain new ones.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to make an environmental impact assessment of its plans to allow rail companies to remove off-peak saver fares on trains. 
No decision on the future regulation of Saver Return fares has yet been taken. However, in the absence of any regulation of these fares, it is likely that train operators would retain Saver fares and/or create alternative fares using modern revenue-management techniques to retain existing passengers and gain new ones. Any change to the impact on the environment is therefore likely to be negligible and no Environmental Impact Assessment is planned.
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Dr. Ladyman: The Secretary of State for Transport has had no recent discussions with the Highways Agency regarding a bypass for Ormskirk. This scheme is now being progressed as a local highway scheme by Lancashire county council through their local transport plan.
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